Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ottawa launch of End Immigration Detention campaign

Migrants in a maximum security prison in Lindsay Ontario have been on strike since September 17, 2013. They have refused to enter their cells, boycotted their detention reviews and have been on hunger strike - 2 of them for over 60 days. Striking detainees have been deported, locked up in segregation, denied medical services and transferred to other prisons. Inspired by their actions, migrant justice organizers in solidarity have formed the End Immigration Detention Network.

More info on the campaign website: http://endimmigrationdetention.com/.

NOII - Ottawa will be having an initial planning meeting open to all interested in organizing around ending migrant detention and supporting migrants currently in detention.

The meeting is scheduled for January 22 at 6.30pm at the Jack Purcell Centre, Room 101.

More info to come soon...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Solidarity with Michael Brown and Eric Garner

No One Is Illegal - Ottawa wishes to express the deepest sympathy to the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner who are just two of the many Black people (including children) who have been killed by police in the past year. The violence perpetrated on Black lives by the police and other white supremacist institutions in the United States show the endemic role of anti-black racism in the criminal justice system. The same anti-black racism in Canada lead to the death of Jermaine Carby by the Peel Regional Police on September 24 and the subsequent lack of accountability by the police to his family's questions about his death. There is a long history of police violence towards Black lives in Canada.

We stand with you in outrage and demand justice.

Anti-black racism extends beyond policing practices to border and immigration enforcement, where Black migrants and refugees have become the targets of expulsion and attack. Canadian immigration policies devalue Black lives by deporting refugees into unsafe situations, tearing apart families, and uprooting lives they have established here in Canada. The moratorium on deportations to Haiti and Zimbabwe was recently ended, which cruelly exposes at least 3500 people to potential removal in the coming years, if not earlier.

We express our collective solidarity with Black people resisting the repressive and brutal practices of the Canadian state whether it's in our communities or at their borders.

We stand with you and renew our commitment to anti-racist resistance.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Dance Party for NOII - Ottawa

Saturday December 20th, 2014 
The Queer Mafia presents 


Hip Hop / RNB / Dancehall / Trap / Reggae BIG TUNES BY...
Lissa Monet { 416 }
DJ Debonair {613}
Babylon Nightclub 
317 Bank Street 
Doors Open at 10:30pm 
19+ | $7 
Before 11:30p Limited pwyc available before 11:30p 

* Partial Proceeds to No One is Illegal and Justice for Deepan
* Reach early leave late jam time ....let's go

No One is Illegal Ottawa {NOII} Is an all-volunteer group of migrants and allies that advocate and fight for the dignity and self determination of all migrants regardless of status. They work to oppose policies designed to exploit and marginalize migrants. They do their work through both campaign and direct support work of migrants directly affected by the immigration system. In their “Solidarity City” campaign work, they work with social service agencies, legal clinics, and health services in Ottawa to ensure that undocumented people and migrants have access to services regardless of status. In our direct action work, we support migrants (particularly migrant families & queer migrants) through connecting them with legal/personal support resources, organizing direct action campaigns with them, and helping them and their families access sanctuary when they face deportation. More on NOII at: noii-ottawa.blogspot.ca

Justice for Deepan (J4D) The Justice for Deepan (J4D) support group of volunteers was formed in July 2013 to support Deepan Budlakoti in his quest to have his citizenship restored. Deepan Budlakoti is an Ottawa-born man who the Canadian government is trying to deport to India, a country where he has no family, has never lived and is not a citizen. Deepan's citizenship was illegally revoked by the government after he served jail time. In a clear violation of established precedents and laws, the government doubly punished him by revoking his citizenship after he had completed his time in prison. He is currently fighting at the Federal Court for his right to live and work in Canada as the Canadian citizen he was before the government revoked his citizenship. Funds raised by Queer Mafia would go towards the substantial legal costs incurred by Deepan fighting for his legal rights. More on Justice for Deepan at: justicefordeepan.org

The Queer Mafia http://thequeermafia.com
Lissa Monet http://lissamonet.com/ 
Babylon Nightclub http://www.babylonclub.ca/ 
Accessibility note: Babylon Nightclub is an accessible venue. The washrooms are located on the main floor and are accessible as well (Not easy to navigate with motorized Wheelchair). There is a small lip (approximately 1'' ) at the front entrance and we will have access to a ramp if needed. The washrooms at this event will be gender neutral in recognition that so often gender variant, trans, two spirit and women identified people are at greater risk to violence and harassment. The QM hopes to create safer spaces for folks to be who they are and to enjoy their night free from violence and body policing. This includes making a commitment to providing gender-neutral washrooms.

Safer Space Policy: QM collectively strives to create spaces that are free of as many barriers as possible as means to working towards liberation. This means that we are all responsible for creating the spaces we desire, by educating ourselves, each other and ensuring that we are continually engaging in these conversations and creating relationships of support and collective responsibility. While we recognize that no space is exclusively “safe” for anyone, we must collectively work towards mitigating harms. In response to certain experiences that have happened within our spaces, we have decided to remix ground rules to apply to a specific situation in which groups of people come together to make themselves vulnerable: http://thequeermafia.com/events/safer-spaces-policy/

QM works towards recognizing dynamics of power and privilege that exist within society and which have historically oppressed our communities. We believe that these same dynamics and tensions exist within our own communities and we are working continuously towards addressing these tensions and creating supportive spaces. People participating in our events and dance parties are asked to be aware of their language and behavior and to think about whether these may be harming others. Our spaces are not spaces for explicit or implicit violence, racism, sexism, ageism, transphobia, cissexism, sizeism, fatphobia, sexual harassment, and gender policing, or doing anything to another person without their consent. Acting in a way that disrespects, harms others or undermines these values will not be tolerated. QM reserves the right to assess & manage circumstances and situations in the best interest of our collective vision towards creating ‘liberation’ and ‘safer’ spaces.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention with Tings Chak

In the past six years, over 80,000 people have been jailed, without charge or trial, with no end in sight. This includes children, who are detained or are separated indefinitely from their caregivers. This is the reality of immigration detention in Canada - a reality that is violently invisibilized. Migrants are detained primarily because they are undocumented. Likewise, these sites of detention bare little trace —drawings and photos are classified; access is extremely limited. The detention centres, too, are undocumented.

Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention (published by Architecture Observer 2014) documents the banality and violence of the architecture in contrast to the stories of daily resistance among immigration detainees. This book explores migrant detention centres in Canada, the fastest growing incarceration sector in North America's prison industrial complex, and questions the role of architectural design in the control and management of migrant bodies in such spaces. Using the conventional architectural tools of representation, we situate, spatialize, and confront the silenced voices of those who are detained and the anonymous individuals who design spaces of confinement.

The work is grounded in collective grassroots organizing, primarily through No One Is Illegal - Toronto and the End Immigration Detention Network. The research and production of this book was part of a Master of Architecture thesis at the University of Toronto.

Friday, Nov. 7
Octopus Centretown
251 Bank St. 2nd Floor

This event is co-sponsored by OPIRG-Ottawa and End Immigration Detention Network.

Tings Chak is a multidisciplinary artist trained in architectural design whose work draws inspiration from anti-colonial, migrant justice, prison abolition, and spatial justice struggles. She is an organizer with No One Is Illegal - Toronto and the End Immigration Detention Network.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pheonix Rising: Night of Music, Poetry and Soul

Come join NOII in seeing amazing local artists performing at Pheonix Rising: Night of Music, Poetry and Soul on Friday, October 3.

Donations from the event will go towards supporting migrants facing deportation in Ottawa.

The night will be filled with poetry, music and the chance to connect, being to being. With performances by: Lana K, Sarah Musa, Priya Shah, Lucila Al Mar, D-Lightful, Yusra Uzair, MGD, Ikenna Onyegbula, and Balam Santos. Beats by DJ Debonair.

Tickets sliding scale $7-10.
The event will take place on Friday, October 3 at 7pm at 78 Carruthers Ave.

Please note the event will be dry: meaning no alcohol or other substances will be consumed or sold at the event.

Facebook event: http://on.fb.me/1rGn8B0

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A short history of migration to Turtle Island

Here's a short history of im/migration to Canada/Turtle Island compiled by NOII members. Click to full-screen for a better experience.